I couldn’t get into the city early enough to make the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran opening in Georgetown for “Wall Snatchers.” I did go in for the 9:30 post-opening event described thusly.
9:30 pm TONIGHT (February 23, after Opening Reception) – Projection artist fi5e will be projecting his “graffiti analysis” interactive video at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. (500 17th Street, NW)
Unfortunately the only thing going on in front of 500 17th last night was a visual demonstration that it takes three cruisers, four cops and about 40 minutes to do a traffic stop on what seemed to be a violation of driving while underage. At least I assume that’s the case, since near the end of the experience one cop left with the very young-looking man in the back seat of his cruiser and an older gentleman arrived and was allowed to move the car around the corner and park it.
Of course that doesn’t mean the car wasn’t tossed multiple times by each cop. Judging from all the talking the kid was doing nobody had ever directed him to Flex Your Rights or informed him of his right to remain silent and decline police searches. Since he still got taken away cuffed in the back of a police car he may have now learned that no matter what they tell you, flapping your gums and letting them search your vehicle isn’t going to get you released.
The actual event, once I walked all the way around the back of the Corcoran and found it, was great. I’ll be posting my review and photos of it – along with some of my interview with fi5e – shortly.
And if you’re wondering, yeah, I did think to myself “geez, I hope that’s not the artist…” when I saw the stop.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs